Foreigners have the unique opportunity in China of getting some pretty wacky one-off gigs. Charlie and Dan grill Chengdu Living’s resident white monkey Eli Sweet on the benefits and pitfalls of this kind of work, his own experiences, and why these jobs exist in the first place.
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1:00 – What is white monkey work?
2:20 – Our experience in white monkey work
4:00 – White monkey work & China’s real estate boom
5:00 – Eli being the white monkey “inside the glass box”
10:30 – How to get white monkey jobs
12:40 – How well white monkey jobs pay
15:30 – White monkey job pro-tips
20:30 – Foreign agents for white monkey gigs & Tenzin
23:15 – Booms & busts within the white monkey economy
28:00 – Our craziest white monkey gigs
37:00 – How to negotiate wages
38:50 – Eli’s experience being Captain Morgan
45:00 – The present and future of white monkey gigs
46:20 – Closing thoughts & recommendations
48:00 – Why we should be grateful for white monkey gigs
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